Catherine Asaro, a physicist who combines hard science with first-rate storytelling, exploded onto the science fiction scene with her stellar debut novel, Primary Inversion. Now she introduces a stand-alone tale in her Ruby Dynasty saga, a novel that AudioFile calls “a classic tale of power and conflict, with a twist.”
Kelric, a scion in the dynastic family of the Imperialate, crash-lands his starfighter on the planet Coba. A powerful queen saves his life, but refuses to let him leave. The matriarchs of the great estates fear, with good reason, that if the Imperialate learns of their thriving culture, Coba will lose its freedom. To protect their world, they take Kelric prisoner. Then they discover his gift for the strategy game that controls the fluxes of power on their world. He rises in the ranks of its experts, never knowing that his talent can bring world-shaking changes to Coba—and to the future of a galactic empire.